Seven Drywall Finishing Tips
Hanging drywall is almost an art. Just ask anyone who does it professionally and they'll tell you that it takes years of practice to do a perfect job. If
you're lucky enough, you might even get a few drywall finishing tips out of the conversation. If not, don’t worry. Here are some drywall finishing tips that
everyone can benefit from!
Make Sure You Have Everything Before You Start
Drywall finishing tip #1: You need to have at hand a taping knife spreader, application knife, joint tape, joint compound, bread pan and a corner taping
Get Secure About What You're Doing
Drywall finishing tip #2: Drywall demands that all your measurements are accurate and that every panel is tightly secured to the supports that it's
nailed to. Could there be anything more embarrassing than to complete a drywall job - only to have it unexpectedly fall down during dinner or
Make sure that your nails are long enough to keep the panels on their supports. If you're more comfortable with using screws, then use them instead.
You could even use a second set of nails as reinforcement. The important thing as that you feel as secure about your project as they're secured to its
Beware A Muddy Mess
Drywall finishing tip #3: When mixing your cement (or mud), strive for a consistency that resembles icing on a cake - not too stiff and not too loose.
Essentially, you should be able to scoop some of this mud onto a trowel, hold the trowel upside down, and not lose any of the cement. At the same
time, you should also be able to easily apply this cement into drywall joints without too much effort.
While mixing, take care not to "whip" the cement. A whipping action will inadvertently attract air - air which will form bubbles in drywall seams.
Mesh Your Work Into A Smooth Finish
Drywall finishing tip #4. Use mesh tape instead of paper tape. Because mesh tape is porous, it allows the cement to seep through it. The end result is
much smoother than paper which